Sadler Vaden

Sadler Vaden

Ages 18+
Sadler Vaden (of The 400 Unit) plays the Creek Stage at The Rookery

Acclaimed solo artist. Songwriter. Grammy-winning member of Jason Isbell

and the 400 Unit. Producer. Studio musician. Modern-day guitar hero. A

professional musician since the age of 18, Sadler Vaden has spent the better

part of two decades on stage, on the road, and in the recording studio, lending

his unique rock & roll approach to highly-revered bands, up-and-coming acts,

and solo albums like his forthcoming Anybody Out There?

The full-length follow-up to his 2016 debut, Anybody Out There? mixes the

hook-savvy sweep of Vaden's songwriting with the supersized stomp of his

electric guitar. It's a modern record that doesn't ignore the past, balancing

frequent nods to Vaden's 20th-century influences — including Neil Young,

The Who, Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, and Oasis — with a contemporary sound

that mixes raw, live performances with digital recording technology. Self-

produced by Vaden, engineered by longtime collaborator (and multi-platinum

producer) Paul Ebersold, and mastered by Grammy Award-winner Richard

Dodd, Anybody Out There? is Sadler Vaden at his most adventurous, stocked

with melody-driven songs that deal with the challenges of creating a true

human connection in a modern, technology-obsessed world.

Raised in North Myrtle Beach and the outskirts of Charleston, SC, Vaden

began playing gigs as a teenager, serving as the frontman of a locally-beloved

rock & roll power trio named Leslie. The band shared shows with headliners

like Drivin’ N Cryin’ and Jason Isbell, both of whom later recruited Vaden to

join their own lineups. During his time with Drivin’ N Cryin’, he produced

the band's series of Songs... EPs while also playing lead guitar on crowd

favorites like "Fly Me Courageous" and "Straight to Hell." He left the group

for Isbell's band in 2013, shortly before Isbell's career-shifting album

Southeastern hit stores, and has remained an integral member of the group

ever since, lending his vocal harmonies and song-serving guitar fretwork to

Grammy-winning albums like Something More Than Free and The Nashville

Sound along the way. Meanwhile, he has also continued releasing his own

material, including his 2016 self-titled debut full-length and standalone

singles like "Monster," the latter of which was hailed by Rolling Stone as a

"T. Rex-evoking jam [that] doubles as a commentary on the U.S.'s negative

political and social climate."

Vaden's diverse career continues with Anybody Out There? The title track

mixes drummer Fred Eltringham's percussive thunder with a monster guitar

riff co-written alongside Audley Freed, while "Next To You" is a highway-

bound road song that nods to the Heartbreakers' heartland rock. The guitar

tones and communal themes of Aaron Lee Tasjan co-write "Peace +

Harmony" channel George Harrison, and the nostalgic "Modern Times"

makes room for swirling Mellotron, acoustic guitar, and claves. The album

culminates with "Tried and True," a guitar-heavy love letter to rock & roll

music that concludes Anybody Out There? on an anthemic note.

"It's always been there for me, through the good and bad," Sadler Vaden says

of the rock & roll genre, whose uplift and epic punch first convinced him to

pick up the guitar as a 10-year-old. Years later, he's proudly carrying the

torch, nodding to the rock & roll music that came before him while crafting

some contemporary classics of his own.

Venue Information:
The Creek Stage at The Rookery
543 Cherry Street
Macon, GA, 31201